Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
For 894 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Croupier
Lowest review score: 0 Meet Joe Black
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 894
894 movie reviews
  1. (Douglas) is a superb (and underused) comic actor, one who knows that the secret of being funny is never begging for a laugh.
  2. The movie itself, like these guys, is defiantly old school -- confident, relaxed, professional.
  3. Schrader has never been one to coddle an audience, and this is as uncompromising a vision as he has given us.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The portraits are spare but right on target. And the film keeps you laughing even as you feel the pain of the characters.
  4. A premise this preposterous must be carried off with unflappable comic conviction, and Cusack is just the right man for the job.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Director Doug Liman has an impressive eye for detail and an even better ear for dialogue, producing a perceptive and delightfully funny take on the buddy movie.
  5. Smith startles us with raw emotional honesty.
  6. The end is predictable after the first five minutes (two, if you're smart), but the film sucks you in all the same.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A moving, complex and dreamlike tale.
  7. Armageddon is as irresistible as it's indefensible.
  8. He’s (González Iñárritu) conjured up a dark, brutal vision of urban life that sticks to your skin like soot.
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  9. Steven Knight’s smart, if overly plotted, script delivers social insights tautly wrapped in genre thrills.
  10. The script is an odd take on the Cinderella formula, but Barrymore makes it shine with her relentless charm.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A highly entertaining movie in a genre that is often as stiff as the Lady Gibson's boning.
  11. As brilliantly shot as it is brutally single-minded, this is a war movie shorn of all its usual accouterments: the battle is the plot.
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  12. Using shadows and strikingly designed sounds, Pellington skillfully creates an atmosphere of otherworldly, invisible menace. Gere and Linney, both solid, dance around the edges of a romance.
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At its best it's a marvel: bold, exciting and full of visions.
  13. This spirited rerun, neatly mixing parody and panache, squeezes a surprising amount of fun out of the old war horse.
  14. Manages to be simultaneously subversive and sweet.
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  15. Unfaithful shows what a powerful, sexy, smart filmmaker Lyne can be. It’s a shame he substitutes the mechanics of suspense for the real suspense of what goes on between a man and a woman, a husband and a wife.
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  16. This is not exactly standard children's fare, but kids (and their parents) should be smitten by its wit and wisdom.
  17. One of the things that makes Signs such a refreshing summer movie is that it goes against almost all the grains of contemporary Hollywood razzle-dazzle filmmaking -- as did “The Sixth Sense.”
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  18. Juxtaposes beauty and horror to fashion a savage and lyrical cinematic poem.
  19. Though acid is dropped, groupies are bartered like poker chips and rock-star egos flare like fireworks, what comes through is the relative innocence of that era.
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  20. Told from both women's points of view, this fascinating, if sometimes overwrought, tale packs a wallop.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like its subject, American Movie works entirely on its own quirky terms.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A stunning glimpse at acting -- and life -- in the raw.
  21. No simple diatribe against capital punishment, it's a strong film, made stronger by two terrific performances.
  22. With honesty, charm and an uncanny sympathy for all its characters, the film takes us deep inside the awkward and exhilarating experience of first love.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A brutal black comedy. It asks real questions and takes real chances.

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